September is Suicide Awareness Month

September is Suicide Awareness Month

HANNIBAL (WGEM) — In 2020, the CDC reported 1.2 million adults who attempted suicide in the United States.

The Mark Twain Behavioral Health Center helps those who have mental difficulties.

They offer services like therapy, mental health assessments, and a 24/7 helpline.

Officials at Mark Twain Behavioral Health said it’s important people know what to do when a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts.

“Once you see where they are, you want to try to help them find help. So don’t just leave them, but guide them to someone who is trained or who can help them. find services that can help them,” said Rhonda Byers, Community Development Director of Behavioral Health Marketing at Mark Twain.

Byers said suicidal behaviors are typically lack of appetite, lack of or oversleep, and isolation.

Byers added that it’s important that those struggling aren’t ashamed to ask for help.

“It takes a strong person to come out and ask for help, but there’s no shame in that. If they can reach out to someone who cares about them, then together they can looking for resources to try to get them services and treatment,” Byers said.

You can call 988 for the National Suicide Hotline if you need help.

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